The flagship Lexus LC luxury coupe has swept the field against its direct European rivals to be named one of the top three performance cars available in Australia.
Judges of theÂ motoring.com.auÂ â€œAustraliaâ€™s Best Driverâ€™s Carâ€ award said the LC was a stand-out luxury coupe with V8 hustle and impeccable road manners.
They were impressed by the carâ€™s â€œexquisite metal formâ€, its Yamaha-tuned 351kW/540Nm 5.0-litre V8 engine and its Lexus-first 10-speed automatic transmission.
â€œThe LC 500 is the best looking, best sounding, best driving Lexus I have ever sat in – apart from LFA,â€ said judge and veteran motoring journalist Bruce Newton. Lexus chief executive Scott Thompson said the LC had excelled in judging that included driverâ€™s roads, a technically challenging racetrack and a quarter-mile dragstrip.
â€œThe LC advances Lexus as a luxury lifestyle brand dedicated to creating cars with exciting, emotional designs and exhilarating performance that delivers outstanding acceleration and responsiveness,â€ he said.
Demanding road driving and on-track performance testing by judges highlighted the credentials of the LC coupeâ€™s rear-drive chassis and the carâ€™s optimum weight distribution.
The judges said crisp steering with good feedback made for a very satisfying drive on twisty alpine roads. â€œExcellent turn-in, strong brakes and a fast-acting 10-speed transmission delivers instant gratification of the sweetest kind,â€ they said.
Decorated Tasmanian motorsport identity Greg Crick said, â€œThis whole package is nothing short of amazing.â€
The LC was also described as â€œa performance Lexus like no otherâ€ with an ability to surprise and delight. Its sound-control valves fully exploited the V8 sound at start-up, stand still and on throttle, resulting in a â€œhearty soundtrackâ€ that proved to be â€œa constant source of enjoyment.â€
Judges also praised the hand-crafted interior that produced â€œa tactile feastâ€ finished with precision-perfect levels of detail. The Mark Levinson 13-speaker surround sound noise-cancelling audio system is a wonder all its own, they said.